Tuscany, sitting on Italy’s west coast at the Tyrrhenian Sea, is one of the most popular tourist attractions and destinations in Italy. Well known for its rich and colorful art history, people from all over the world come here to experience the best of what this quaint and grand region has to offer.
The beautiful Toscana region has been a top choice for local travelers and tourists flying in from overseas for a number of beautiful different reasons. Its ancient history, the breathtaking landscapes as well as the stunning history and artistic legacy, all lend a hand in making this magnificent Italian region among the most visited in the country. It is accessible to tourists through Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilee and through Florence Airport Amerigo Vespucci, while those flying in from the United States can opt for the affordable flights offered by Delta Airlines through JFK Airport in New York. Those in the neighboring countries can take a train to the Santa Maria Novella train station at the city center. While there, visitors can take the bus to go around and explore beautiful Tuscany.
Considered as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is the perfect destination for those who would like to take a trip to some of the most prestigious and distinguished symbols of Italian history. This includes the notable Michelangelo masterpiece, David, which is now housed at the Galleria dell'Accademia delle Bella Arti in Florence, the world renowned Leaning Tower located on the square of miracles in Pisa, the Museo Galileo at the Piazza de Giudici in Florence, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum at the stunning Castello Guidi, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, which houses the best collection of Renaissance art in the world. After enjoying a tour of the numerous museums and galleries, swing by the awe inspiring Castello di Brolio, which was estimated to have been built in AD1000 and served as Florence’s southernmost outpost when it conquered the southern region of Chianti towards the end of the 12th Century. It is also most recommended to check out each of the Tuscan cities’ majestic and attractive duomo or cathedrals.
Of course any visit to this lovely Italian region will never be complete without experiencing many of its colorful and historic festivals first hand. Some of the most recommended festivals include San Gimignano’s Medieval Harvest Festival, Pistoia’s Blues Festival and Giostra del ’Orso which both take place in July, Siena’s Palio di Siena, a bare back horse race that takes place at Siena’s main square on July 2 and the fun and festive Bravio Delle Botti which happens every last Sunday of August in Montepulciano.
Apart from the breathtaking historic and cultural exhibitions, Tuscany also has more than 120 protected natural reserves that attract over 1.7 million tourists from around the world, allowing Tuscany to rank as the 46th most visited areas in the world. In addition, there are also numerous parks around the area that will be most ideal for those who would like to experience nature and spend extended hours under the Italian sun. Among the top parks in Tuscany are the National Park of the Tusco-Emilian Apennines, the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago which was established in 1996 and covers an approximate 58,000 hectares of land and sea, The National Park of the Forste Casentinesi, which has the oldest forests in Europe, the Zoological Park of European Fauna located in the Poppi municipality and is distinguished as the first and only park dedicated to European Fauna, the Pinocchio’s Park, which prides itself of its majestic ancient village which remained the same since the last century, and a lot of other parks that surely promise amazing outdoor adventures and endless fun under the sun while breathing in the beautiful nature all around you.
Anyone who visits Tuscany will also be mindful to take a beautiful detour to the famed Via de’ Tornabuoni in Florence which is dubbed as the top fashion and shopping street in the city. Be ready to shop till you drop for some of the world’s most famous brands of expensive clothing and jewelry. Top brands like Bulgari, Gucci, Cartier, and Ferragamo are just some of the shops found in this glitzy and glamorous street.